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Old 03-05-2021, 01:20 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a machine shop within a a few hours of Rochester, NY with experience in flatheads. This would be for a 276+ ci engine - I'm still deciding on some of the details, e.g., whether to go with a readily available stroker kit (e.g., 296 ci) or perhaps a 4" crank and stock rods...

I spoke with Mark Moriarti and he said he uses Carl McQuillen Engines near me in Le Roy, NY for some machining operations. Carl says he builds a few flatheads per year. Any other options I should check out?
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Old 03-05-2021, 01:38 PM   #2
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http://www.godevilgarage.com/

Go Devil is in Albany. Great shop that knows old Fords.
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Old 03-05-2021, 02:07 PM   #3
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I'll 2nd Go Devil. Al runs a small shop near Albany. He works on a lot of 4cyl, V8's and Trannys.
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http://www.drakeengines.com/index.html




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Old 03-05-2021, 02:41 PM   #5
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Thanks, I'm trying to get in touch with Al at Go Devil. It's 3 1/2 hours from here but would be worth it for the right shop. Carl McQuillen does not use a deck plate for honing which may be an issue??

Jack: do you have experience with Drake Engines? They made a couple of minor (fixable) mistakes on one of my non-flathead projects...
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Hmmm....Mark Moriarty builds all my flathead short blocks...just finished a 286 8BA.
I know he has a couple trusted guys for crank grinding.
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Old 03-05-2021, 02:59 PM   #7
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Maybe I misunderstood Mark - he definitely sends out blocks for cleaning to McQuillen and mentioned the same for crankshaft balancing. The other operations may be done in house. I'll check back with him... Thanks! Ken
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Hi Everyone, Ken Henry, here's my two cents.

Moriarty is one of the old timers with flatheads. If he thinks a shop is worthy that carries weight IMHO. Same with Charlie NY.
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Old 03-05-2021, 03:32 PM   #9
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I just spoke with Mark and he does boring, honing, rod reconditioning, etc, in house. McQuillen does his cranks and block cleaning. He's a little backed up right now but it might be worth the wait to have him do it as he definitely knows his flatheads.
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My hometown. But they came after my flathead time there so no direct experience except hearsay/reputation. Arguably the last competent city shop that'll take on just about any flathead flavor. Don't know what kind of minor fixable non-flathead issues you ran into with them. But if they made it right by you, their Ridgeway location seems unbeatable. Prolly should give them another shot to make things flathead perfect. 8^) Jack E/NJ
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I'll 2nd Go Devil. Al runs a small shop near Albany. He works on a lot of 4cyl, V8's and Trannys.
Al did some work for me and I'm happy. He had a nice roadster in the corner of his shop that needs a good home LOL!
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Other end of the state, I had my LB done at a shop in Mayville that does local dirt track motors but dad had flathead experience. Boiled clean, line hone and bore + 3 sleeves
Johnson race engines
Also a shop on the opposite end of town, a fellow enthusiast I swapped parts with and had small stuff done.
Varidatum inc, donít know if has boring tools but innovative for custom.
Now retired I donít have immediate access in north Fla. so am looking for tools to do same here.
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Old 03-06-2021, 12:47 AM   #13
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I can strongly recommend Mark Moriarty. He is well experienced, honest, and lives flatheads. He is also very dependable and very good to deal with. He built me a great motor and he will for you too. PHIL
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Ken, Have you tried Tom Stewart of Flathead Sales, in Riga, N.Y. ? 585-293-3203
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